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Abstract Title: Improving students' understanding of quantum mechanics
Abstract: Learning quantum mechanics is challenging, in part due to the abstract nature of the subject. We have been conducting investigations of the difficulties that students have in learning quantum mechanics. To help improve student understanding of quantum concepts, we are developing quantum interactive learning tutorials (QuILTs) as well as tools for peer-instruction. The goal of QuILTs and peer-instruction tools is to actively engage students in the learning process and to help them build links between the formalism and the conceptual aspects of quantum physics without compromising the technical content. They focus on helping students integrate qualitative and quantitative understanding, and discriminate between concepts that are often confused. We will discuss examples of materials and assessment.

Supported by the National Science Foundation.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Helping students acquire functional knowledge in upper-level physics courses

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandralekha Singh
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Marshman, University of Pittsburgh

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